Meeting Management or Meeting Madness? (ie., I Don’t Want to Zoom and Take Me Off Your Teams)

Meeting Management Best Practices
Why meeting management needs to be top-of-mind for managers and employees.

I’ve been a remote worker for nearly 3 years. When I first started, I was one of only four team members who was remote. I frequently was excluded from meetings. Not because my input wasn’t wanted or needed, but because people would forget to dial me/us in. To say it was frustrating is an understatement; infuriating might be closer to the truth.

I now refer to that time as “the good old days.”

Fast-forward to 2020 and everyone at my company works remotely. Microsoft Teams and Zoom have become ubiquitous. Those 5-minute “chats” beside someone’s desk or at the coffee machine have turned into 30-minute meetings. We’ve scheduled multiple full-day meetings via Zoom and I have one word for those: Brutal.

I know I’m not alone in feeling like I’m spending much more time meeting and much less time … Read more...

EHSQ Management Just Got Smarter: Intelex Acquires Compliance Automation Innovator ehsAI

Intelex acquires ehsAI
Artificial intelligence and machine learning enable ehsAI’s automation technology, propelling Intelex’s leadership in compliance management to the next level and beyond.

Intelex Technologies, ULC, a leading global provider of SaaS-based Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality (EHSQ) management software, announced it has acquired ehsAI, a next wave compliance automation technology provider. ehsAI uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to help organizations greatly reduce the costs and risks of permitting and compliance management.

“We are thrilled to have ehsAI join Intelex,” said Justin McElhattan, president of Intelex. “ehsAI augments our compliance management solutions and existing regulatory content partnerships. We look forward to innovating in collaboration with ehsAI to solve real customer pains with applied intelligence and advanced analytics. Whether it be compliance for environmental, health, safety, or quality compliance requirements, the possibilities are limitless.”

With this strategic acquisition of an innovator in the emerging AI regulatory content solution market, Intelex … Read more...

Your Remaining 2020 EHS Budget: It’s a Race to Use It or Lose It

2021 Budget Use or Lose It

2020 was a bumpy road for all of us. Start 2021 ahead of the race by taking your remaining budget and uplevel your organization’s environment, health & safety and quality efforts. It’s time to “Use it or Lose it.”

As an EHSQ professional, you have been on the frontline of this pandemic. Maybe you discovered that you were missing some of the tools you needed to help your organization and employees survive and thrive. Now is the time to “use it or lose it” when it comes time to spending your EHSQ budget and get those tools you need to beat the competition when it comes to EHSQ performance. Since there’s not much time left until 2021, now’s the time to up-level your EHSQ strategy:

  • Be more agile with solutions that can evolve and adapt to changing internal and external factors
  • Be better at dealing with ongoing risks associated
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How 5G Technology will Revolutionize the Manufacturing Industry

5G Technology Tech Tuesdays

In the words of author Sukant Ratnakar: “Our future success is directly proportional to our ability to understand, adopt and integrate new technology into our work.” While there are many who believe that technology is the engine behind driving progress, there are others who view these advancements are a sign of the end of humanity. 5G technology, while at its infancy from a widespread adoption perspective, just happens to be one of them.

Let’s demystify 5G technology, and explore its impacts to the manufacturing sector, with a special focus on the manufacturing safety.


The Basics of 5G Technology


5G technology, because it’s the fifth generation of wireless networking technology, can hyper-accelerate the speed of mobile phones to approximately 10 gigabits per second. To put it into context, this is more than 600X faster that today’s 4G-powered phones. On top of that, it serves as a catalyst … Read more...

The Rise and Rise of Data-Based Decision-Making: Incorporating Agile Practices into EHSQ Business Continuity Planning

Importance of data-based decisions

In the words of Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist: “Success today requires the agility and drive to constantly rethink, reinvigorate, react, and reinvent.”

Put another way, in a world dealing with the impact of COVID-19, organizations should essentially be in a perpetual state of movement or advancement to be able to withstand future disruptions.


Transitioning from the Immediate Response Phase to the Forward-Looking Business Continuity Phase


To provide context, let’s look at the situation from the beginning. Immediately following the outbreak of COVID-19, during what we refer to as the respond phase. In this phase, organizations went into full-blown solutions mode to resolve pressing issues. Key examples of this include: tracking the exposure of employees who may have been exposed to the virus, ramping up case management efforts to monitor injuries, keeping on top of work restrictions and recording and reporting employees’ medical visits. Essentially, organizations had to stop … Read more...

Worth its Weight in Gold: How Data Has Become the Driving Force Behind Effective EHSQ Decision-Making

Data and analysis to drive decision-making

In the words of acclaimed engineer, statistician, professor and author, W. Edwards Deming: “In God we trust, all others must bring data.” While Deming passed away over 25 years ago, those words ring true even today.


The Importance of Sound Decision-Making in EHSQ


While the importance of making thoroughly researched and well-analyzed decisions is important in most areas of business, in the EHSQ field, it is even more so as the safety of workers and the environment is the number one goal.

According to experts at BLR: “Data can identify trends, challenges and opportunities, and data-driven organizations know more about their processes and the markets in which they operate, providing them with more options when identifying strategies to respond to disruption and gain an advantage over less-agile competitors.”


The Growing Demand for Data


To highlight the growing popularity and applicability of data, reputable sources such as the Economist have … Read more...

Data Never Sleeps: The Role of Big Data and Leadership Analytics in Shaping Safety Management Programs

Data in Safety Management Programs

A wise man once said: “You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data” (in this case, the wise man was Daniel Keys Moran, a US-based computer programmer and science fiction writer).

In this day and age, you don’t have to be a scientist to understand the power of data. It is everywhere from our work environments to our personal lives. Let’s face it—how many of us would be willing to change our habits when it comes to our smart phones? That being the case, it should come as no surprise that data has found its rightful place in safety management as well.


What the Experts are Saying


But don’t just take my word for it. Safety expert Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D., Process Change Leader for Predictive Solutions Corp. is a long-time champion of data-driven safety management programs. According to him, there is a need for safety … Read more...

L2L: How Do You Get Executives on Board with Health & Safety Initiatives?

Engaging leaders in EHS is key to changing workplace culture.

Safety leaders from five companies met in the UK as part of our new Leaders2Leaders programme, a new series of videos, content and resources for health and safety professionals. They discussed a number of topics, including the impact of technology on health and safety, regulatory compliance, barriers to visibility, maintaining a safety culture, dialogue and buy-in with executives, bridging organisational siloes and what health and safety professionals should focus on as a matter of priority. While these topics all are interconnected, the experts had a lot to say about each one.

Episode 4 of the Leaders2Leaders video series focuses on how to better engage key executives from across your organisation. How and what you communicate with executives should be predicated upon their role in the company.

Messaging Counts with Executives

In this episode, Paul Darby, Global Head of Health & … Read more...

Want to Elevate your Service Level? Listen to the Voice of the Customer.

“The best advertising is done by satisfied customers,” as famously stated by American Marketing author, Philip Kotler. So, it should come as no surprise that meeting customer expectations and driving customer satisfaction continue to be the number one priority for businesses. But what’s most important to note is that customer satisfaction should always be a moving target – if you’re fortunate enough to have “achieved” it at one point in time, you’ll simply have to aim higher the following year.


Customer Service: Then vs. Now


Historically, the concept of customer service applied primarily to companies who provided their customers a service offering. Organizations that produced goods had different things on which to focus – from manufacturing to supply chains to distribution.

But that was then.

In recent years, however, there has been a paradigm shift. The focus on customer satisfaction seems to be equally as strong in both product-producing companies … Read more...

Preserving Your Company’s Brand: Your Business During a Pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in the United States in early 2020, very few could imagine the enormous impact the virus would make on life as we knew it.

The first quarter of 2020, many business leaders found themselves enjoying the prosperity of a surging economy. We discovered how quickly life can change.

Within weeks of the first positive case in the United States, stay at home orders and other restrictions placed many business leaders in unfamiliar territory. Even businesses that had business continuity plans found themselves wondering how to proceed. The reality is that until recently, very few businesses have ever had the need to action their business continuity plans.

The Sept. 23 webinar “Preserving Your Company’s Brand: Your Business During a Pandemic,” hosted by BLR and sponsored by Intelex, explores the impacts of the pandemic on your business.

All Businesses Impacted by the Pandemic Businesses around … Read more...